However, after his death in 1779 oblivion rapidly overtook his name and art until his rediscovery in the mid-nineteenth century by the ‘Realist’ critic Théophile Thoré, also the champion of Vermeer, and the Goncourt brothers who revived the taste for French rococo art.
From our journal
Books on Chardin
Pierre Rosenberg and Florence Bruyant, Chardin, exh. cat., London, 2000.
Jonathan Crary, ‘The Camera Obscura and Its Subject’ in Techniques of the Observer, Cambridge and London, 1990.
Philip Conisbee, Chardin, Oxford, 1985.
Pierre Rosenberg, Tout l’Oeuvre Peint de Chardin, Paris, 1983.
Edmond and Jules de Goncourt, French Eighteenth-Century Painters: Watteau, Boucher, Chardin, La Tour, Greuze, Fragonard, 1880-2, trans. Robin Ironside, Ithaca, 1981.